• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II (Probably)



Number 01.

The first instalment in the Knights of the Old Republic series payed a great deal of homage to the original Star Wars trilogy. For example, T3-M4 and Zaalbar were modelled after R2-D2 and Chewbacca respectively, while the Ebon Hawk took inspiration from the Millennium Falcon.

Number 02.

Darth Malak was heavily influenced by Darth Vader – although to make him slightly different from the Dark Lord and not a downright carbon copy, he was only given a cybernetic vocal implant, rather than a full-body suit.

Number 03.

The final incarnation of the Bastila Shan character could have been so much different, for she was initially supposed to be Vima Sunrider – a young heroine from the Dark Horse comics series “Tales of the Jedi”.

Number 04.

Originally, the name Bastila was given to the Cathar member of the Jedi Order. Her name was changed to Juhani, however, when Shan became one of the game's major characters.

Number 05.

To no surprise, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic won a plethora of awards – 126, to be exact. 48 of these accounted for various Game of the Year acknowledgements, while a further 33 were won for Best Role Playing Game.

Number 06.

The story overview for the second game in the franchise was already written by the time its predecessor hit store shelves. As a result, Obsidian began work on the game shortly after the release of KOTOR one.

Number 07.

Unfortunately, Obsidian were only given twelve months to develop The Sith Lords, which was extremely short for a regular computer game at the time, never mind an RPG.

Number 08.

The short development time led to multiple time constraints, meaning that the planned downloadable content over Xbox Live had to be cut.

Number 09.

Another casualty of the time constraints was an entire level where the player infiltrated and destroyed a factory for HK-50 droids.

And, last but not least...

Number 10.

One of the main antagonists in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Darth Nihilus, was so influential that he inspired the face paint design of professional wrestler Tama Tonga.

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